Friday Five (7/12/2013)

1. I have a signing tonight! If there are any fellow Minnesotans, come find me in St. Paul at 6:30 in the Red Balloon Bookshop. There will be goodies, and I'll be doing a reading. Which I'm not nervous for at all. Why, do I seem nervous? Because I'm not.

2. The official release date for SOME QUIET PLACE was this week. It has been an amazing experience so far. The responses to the book have been so overwhelming and touching. Tweets, e-mails, reviews, pictures, discussions. The blog tour is also going strong, and there is a giveaway on each post. If you haven't read the book yet, enter for a chance to win! And thank you, guys. For making all the work and the stress completely worth it. The dream wasn't publication... it was you.

3. I took a second job. This may seem insane, considering I already have one and I'm going to be taking eighteen credits in the fall, but I couldn't resist. It's at a bookstore. A bookstore. Enough said, right? And I'm learning so much about genres besides young adult. I'm also learning which books are selling the most. Inferno by Dan Brown, for example, is flying off the shelves. So is One Summer by David Baldacci. It's definitely been interesting to see what people want to read.

4. Today I was struck by how awesome critique partners are. One of mine is Stefanie Gaither, author of upcoming FALLS THE SHADOW from Simon & Schuster. Not only do they help you make your work better, but they also talk you off ledges when the time calls for it. If you have yet to find that special someone that makes your heart go pitter-patter and your manuscript quiver in anticipation, here's where Stef and I met a couple years ago. We've never looked back.

5. I have a secret goal I've never told anyone about. Someday, when I'm so independent I can take care of myself in every way, I'd like to move to the mountains and become one of those writers who doesn't venture into civilization or do anything but, well, write. But that's a long ways away yet, because for me, that independence requires being able to fix my own car, to kick an intruder's butt, to grow food, and do my own plumbing. The reason I bring this up is because I am one step closer, considering I fixed my own shower drain this week. Whoo-hoo!

Have a great week, everyone!